The Unprecedented Heat Wave Sweeping the Globe

The world is going through an unprecedented heat wave, with no sign of relief in sight.

We hit record high temperatures recently!

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The burning of fossil fuels by humans is driving climate change, making heat waves hotter, more frequent, and longer.

Extreme heat can be dangerous for anyone, but older people and outdoor workers are at particular risk.

Summer heat waves in Europe last year may have killed 61,000 people across the continent, according to a recent study.

This year, some health officials around the world have started to link deaths to extreme heat.

Yes, extreme heat can be fatal!

Heat and humidity have been particularly devastating in northern Mexico, where more than 100 people died of heat-related causes this year.

In Asia, the extremely high temperatures have been compounded by an intense monsoon season.

Monsoon is used to refer to the rainy phase of a seasonally changing pattern.

The monsoon, this year, has already taken more than 100 lives in India, South Korea, and Japan, with the full death toll likely to be considerably higher.

Droughts can make flash floods more likely because soil becomes less absorbent.

A flash flood caused by heavy or excessive rainfall in a short period of time.

In Europe, parts of Southern Europe are bracing for the next wave of heat even as the temperatures have ebbed, albeit just slightly, over the past couple of days.

Italian hospitals have reported a rise in heat-related emergencies as temperatures crept toward 100 Fahrenheit, or 38 Celsius.

Unions, government officials, and businesspeople met to discuss how to protect workers from the heat.

One business leader compared the heat’s impact on workers to the Covid-19 pandemic and called for “extraordinary measures” in response.

In Spain, the authorities officially declared an end to the heat emergency on Thursday (July 20, 2023).

But the nation’s weather monitor warned people not to “lower our guard,” given that the risk of wildfires in the hot, dry conditions remains high in much of the country.

Across Europe, the searing temperatures have taken a particular toll on older people.

And other sensitive groups too!

In China, another heat wave continued to bake much of the country, shattering records across the region.

Chinese power stations have recently broken records for generating electricity, burning more coal to meet air-conditioning demand.

In the United States, more than a quarter of the population experienced dangerous heat on Thursday, according to a New York Times analysis of daily weather and population data.

Late Thursday, the operator of California’s power grid issued an emergency alert urging people to conserve electricity.

Severe storms, particularly in the southeastern United States, have further battered the energy grid. Hundreds of thousands of people lost power as strong thunderstorms knocked out power lines.

The world needs to take action to protect people from the effects of extreme heat.

Not only the people, animals are also at risk!

We must take action to reduce the burning of fossil fuels, implement heat-relief plans, and protect vulnerable populations from the harmful effects of extreme heat.